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Champions #8 Reviews

Beyond the Panel: 8.5/10 “It was fun, chaotic, and enlightening for the direction that this team is now taking.”

Black Nerd Problems: 7.5/10 “Cummings does a solid job on the artwork this issue. With a book like Champions, the most important part is nailing everyone’s powers when the action goes down and Cummings excels at that.”

Caped-Joel: “Zub has a lot of fun writing the Freelancers, a group that he did not create, but one that is very synonymous as antagonists for the Champions.”

Chillmonger: “Locust and Power Man were written very well, drawn too.The illustrations by Steven Cummings on every issue he’s done so far are fire.”

Comic Book University: “This was fantastic.”

ComicBook.com: 8/10 “There’s a ton of intrigue surrounding the Champions team at this point, and it gives some of the other characters a great opportunity to shine.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 7.8/10 “Champions #8 was a fun issue that resolved and set up plots all in one. It’s always risky when an issue tries to handle both, but when done right it does pay off. And this is one of those times. There wasn’t a dull moment to be had, and fans are left looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

On Comics Ground: 8.6/10 “The art from Steve Cummings & Marcio Menyz remains absolutely slick and wonderfully vivid (with a special note made towards how wonderfully atmospheric the opening and closing pages of the issue are)!”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.3/10 “Sam Alexander gets some hard-earned character development, and the final page alone provides a compelling reason to pick up the next issue. In short, this issue is well worth your time.”

Dynamic Forces Interview: Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces all about the upcoming Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda series. Give it a read!

Talking About Champions


Once the October solicits arrived online, I knew discussion would start around our current run. It’s with a heavy heart that I let all of you know CHAMPIONS will be wrapping up with issue #10.

I built this new take on the team as a way to try and bridge classic teen superheroic drama with an eclectic cast of characters – old school Marvel brought to the present with a new generation of heroes.

I took a risk with the book and it didn’t click the way we hoped, so my long-term plans for the series have been cut short. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

It hurts. Dressing that up any other way would be disingenuous. I wish it had worked out. I’m sorry I let you down.

The readers and reviewers who keyed into what we were going for were incredible. Their excitement kept us going month after month. If you didn’t get a chance to read the current run, I hope you’ll consider giving us a shot in single issues, collections, or digital.

Big thanks to our whole creative team – Steven Cummings, Marcio Menyz, Clayton Cowles, Juanan Ramirez, Kim Jacinto, and Rain Beredo. An even deeper thank you to editors CB Cebulski, Tom Brevoort, Alanna Smith, and Shannon Andrews for letting me run with this idea in the first place. The risk didn’t pay off this time, but the only way we can build new classic stories is to push out into the unknown and see what’s possible.

If you’re reading this and lamenting the future of your favorite young heroes, I can tell you that there are big plans for Marvel’s teens in 2020. I’ve heard about the next stage of the Champions story – It’s exciting, vibrant, and absolutely worthy of the House of Ideas. I’m a bit wistful that it’s not mine to tell, but also hopeful for the future of these inspiring young heroes.

Thanks for the support,
Jim

Zub Marvel Comics Arriving in October!


BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #2
JIM ZUB (W) • LAN MEDINA (A) • Cover by JORGE MOLINA
Mary Jane Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ

T’Challa and his agents have uncovered the source of dark energy emanating from a small town in Oklahoma. Is it a super villain…or a savior?
Reality-spanning espionage, defense and black ops, all backed by Vibranium-laced technology and the will to use it. The Agents of Wakanda are our first line of defense in a world under siege from all sides.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
On sale October 16th


CHAMPIONS #10
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO

• The next generation made a vow to do better.
• Now, they have to live up to it, as the future of the Champions hangs in the balance.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
On sale October 2nd


TONY STARK: IRON MAN #17
DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A) • Cover by Alexander Lozano

“THE ULTRON AGENDA” continues! Chapter 2: Compatible Parts
Is Tony Stark dead? Is he alive? Who can tell? Whatever he is, he IS Iron Man. And he’s all that’s standing in the way of Ultron Pym and everyone that Tony Stark loves. Or loved. Because Tony might be dead.
2020 is coming. The robot revolution has begun. So suit up, fleshbags. Suit up or die.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
On sale October 23rd


TONY STARK: IRON MAN VOL. 3 – WAR OF THE REALMS TPB
Written by GAIL SIMONE, DAN SLOTT, JIM ZUB, WITH KURT BUSIEK & ROGER STERN
Penciled by PAOLO VILLANELLI, VALERIO SCHITI WITH SEAN CHEN, TOM LYLE, BOB LAYTON, YANCEY LABAT & BERNARD CHANG
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO

Iron Man joins the War of the Realms! A war needs weapons — and Tony Stark once vowed he’d never build weapons again! So why is he hunkered down with Screwbeard the Dwarf in Avengers Mountain? And what is he making? Struggling against ancient mystical forces, Tony battles an ancient winged calamity with the lives of everyone at Stark Unlimited hanging in the balance! Plus: When Tony tells Carol Danvers he can’t be her AA sponsor because he may or may not have fallen off the wagon, Captain Marvel doesn’t take it well. What is Iron Man’s new high-tech solution for sobriety? It might be his worst idea yet! Featuring the villainy of the all-new Spymaster! And Jocasta goes all in for “the ultimate upgrade!” Collecting TONY STARK: IRON MAN #12-14 and Iron Man (1998) #25.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91443-1
On sale Oct 30th

Savage Sword of Conan #7 Reviews

Comic Book University: “Let’s stick around with Zircher on this book because I’m enjoying the hell out of this.”

Comic Crusaders: 9/10 “Jim Zub brings us an excellent story which combined with the talent of Patch Zircher make this title revive its great splendor.”

Comic Watch: 8.8/10 “this issue by Jim Zub is undoubtedly one of the if not THE best Conan issue we’ve gotten since the Marvel relaunch and features all of the things that make Conan great.”

Comicon: “Zircher’s line work is great. He uses a more sketchy style, which evokes Barry Windsor-Smith, while maintaining his own look. His action is clear, and his character acting adds a lot of personality to the story, both in establishing Conan, and in building up the supporting characters to come.”

Kabooooom!: 10/10 “A great story, amazing art and a free game along with a short story. By Crom, this is the perfect Conan comic!”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.5/10 “If you haven’t picked up any issues of Conan since Marvel reacquired the property in January, I’d heartily recommend starting with this issue.”

Pop Mythology: “Pick of the Week – Marvel has two perfectly suited creators for this story and in my book it’s a winner…This is the type of story that gives me faith in the resilience of the comic medium.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.8/10 “If you’re not reading any Conan books, you need to start and this issue is a great place to start and dip your toe into the cold Cimmerian waters.”

Champions #7 Reviews

Beyond The Panel: 8.5/10 “Sam and Kaldera’s mission was exciting. This issue was quick to getting us to their destination, which left plenty of room for chaos and shenanigans on board.”

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 ” I can now see that taking a fresh start was necessary to put some distance between the original’s more lighthearted adventures and this new run’s darker, more mature tone. Hell, with all the drama and OG members of the team splitting ways, it might as well be labeled Champions: Disassembled.”

Caped-Joel: 7.5/10 “A good way to ease back into this series now that the War of Realms is over.”

Chillmonger: “These loose threads are being tied back up by Jim Zub…This is turbo writing.”

ComicBook.com: 10/10 “There is not a better comic book being published by Marvel Comics than Champions. Jim Zub and his team have found an exceptional balance with these teenage characters, recognizing their fears and feelings are different than those of the grown-up heroes, but never treating them as if they’re juvenile.”

Comic Book University: “I love the drama in here…This is the only teen series that hunkers down on the real struggle that teenagers have to deal with.”

Zub Marvel Comics Arriving in September!

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #1
Jim Zub (W) • LAN MEDINA (A)
Cover by JORGE MOLINA

WAKANDA WORLDWIDE!
ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES!
From the pages of Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS! Vampires. Aliens. Angry fish kings. Black Panther’s hand-picked Agents of Wakanda can handle it all. And who better to lead them than the king of the world’s most technologically evolved country? Wakanda is making waves on the world’s map – and not everyone’s a fan. With General Okoye’s help, T’Challa will take Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar and Wasp on a global fight for survival – to handle threats S.H.I.E.L.D. could only dream of!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
In Stores September 18

ALPHA FLIGHT: TRUE NORTH #1
JIM ZUB, JED MACKAY, ED BRISSON (W)
MAX DUNBAR, DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN & MORE (A)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

STRONG AND FREE!
Grab your hat and come travel light… adventure lies just around the bend! Three brand-new tales no one has ever told…until now! Join the greatest creators the Great White North has to offer as we unearth the secret history of the classic Alpha Flight stalwarts: Puck! Snowbird! Talisman! Northstar! Marrina! Guardian! Vindicator!
40 PGS./ one-shot/Rated T+ …$4.99
In stores September 4

CHAMPIONS #9
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO
• Who has betrayed the Champions, and who can they trust?
• Miles Morales returns, but will it be in time to save his friends?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
In stores September 4

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #16
DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by Alexander Lozano

“THE ULTRON AGENDA” STARTS HERE!
Watch out, Iron Man! The Robot Uprising of the Marvel Universe has begun! But it’s NOT Ultron leading the charge… it’s Machine Man?! The A.I.’s are on the attack – and they might be in the right. Battle lines are being drawn, and it’s time for Tony Stark, Jocasta, Andy Bhang and the rest of the cast to pick sides.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
In stores September 18

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #9
JIM ZUB (W) • PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO

A DEBT OF BLOOD REPAID!
• The chips are down, and CONAN will have to play his best hand…
• …the one holding good Brythunian steel!
• The DEMON’S DEN takes its debts seriously, and it will take everything Conan’s got if he is to emerge from the DEBTOR’S LOUNGE alive!
• PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella “THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE”!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
In stores September 18

SECRET WARPS TPB
Written by AL EWING, MARK WAID, TIM SEELEY, DANIEL KIBBLESMITH, JIM ZUB & TINI HOWARD
Penciled by CARLOS GOMEZ, CARLOS VILLA, ALEX LINS, BOB QUINN, IG GUARA,
CARLO BARBERI & ARIO ANINDITO
Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

The mashed-up heroes of INFINITY WARPS return! When villains Madame Hel, Red Dormammu and Stane Odinson work together to cause a rift between Iron Hammer and Soldier Supreme, it leads to a crisis across space-time that brings together Weapon Hex, Ghost Panther, Arachknight and more to save their reality from cosmic calamity! The forces of Hell invade the streets of New York City! The cursed, stunt-riding king of Wakanda fights Martians in the year 2099! Arachknight’s world collides with the New Supreme Universe, home of the Supreme Seven! And as strange new amalgamations take shape, can even Ghost Hammer change things back to normal? Plus: More mighty, uncanny tales of the warped warriors! Collecting SECRET WARPS: SOLDIER SUPREME ANNUAL #1, WEAPON HEX ANNUAL #1, GHOST PANTHER ANNUAL #1, ARACHKNIGHT ANNUAL #1 and IRON HAMMER ANNUAL #1.
200 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91776-0

Champions #6 Reviews

Beyond the Panel: 8/10 “…a strong reminder of what we should always come to expect when this global team tackles a global threat. It’s not just about beating the bad guys.”

Black Nerd Problems: 8/10 “…while the book has taken a more serious tone, it’s for the better. The team feels more cohesive and still remains one of the best teams in the current Marvel universe.”

Caped-Joel: 7.5/10 “Another fun one-and-done War of the Realms tie-in that works that much harder to also try and weave story threads from what is also going on in the main book.”

Chillmonger: 10/10 “This book is fire, especially considering it’s a tie-in.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “Zub continues to weave a masterful tale of teamwork and guilt and brings everything back around to the Champions we know and love by the final pages. Every member of this team remains interesting, their relationships even more so.”

Comic Book University: “If Jim Zub is going to write a tie-in book, he’s going to make sure the tie-in matters to the book itself.”

Major Spoilers: “This issue pulls off the difficult trick of continuing the ongoing story lines of the comic while tying in to the big crossover madness”

Alpha Flight: True North in September!

Return to the Great White North with ‘Alpha Flight’

This September, Jim Zub, Jed MacKay, and Ed Brisson celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary with ‘Alpha Flight: True North’!

And—brace yourselves, committed connoisseurs of the Commonwealth—the entire creative team is composed of cunning and cuddly Canucks! Written by clever creatives Jim Zub, Jed MacKay, and Ed Brisson⁠, the comic has art crafted by co-conspirators Max Dunbar, Djibril Morissette-Phan, and Scott Hepburn with a kinetic cover by compatriot Nick Bradshaw!

So… Grab your hat and come travel light because adventure lies just around the bend! Featuring three brand-new tales no one has ever told before, ALPHA FLIGHT: TRUE NORTH #1 sees Canada’s greatest creators unearth the secret history of squad stalwarts Puck, Snowbird, Talisman, Northstar, Marrina, Guardian, and Vindicator!

“To celebrate the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Championship,” notes comical comic editor Chris Robinson (sadly, not Canadian), “we’re bringing back the greatest of the Great White North, Canada’s premiere super-team Alpha Flight! And we’ve assembled a super-team of Canadian talent behind the scenes for extra authenticity. Trust me, these guys are going deep into the Department H files to tie-up those loose Alpha Flight story threads that have been keeping you all up at night. You wanted dip with the chips? Here it is!”

Pre-order the one-shot at your local comic shop now, then pick it up this September!

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda!

This September, T’Challa leads a hand-picked outfit of unexpected Super Heroes in BLACK PANTHER and the AGENTS of WAKANDA!

BLACK PANTHER and the AGENTS of WAKANDA is Kirby-fueled Mission: Impossible in the Marvel Universe. It’s over-the-top action and unexpected twists with a cast of characters pulled from strange places in the Marvel Comics canon. This is a strike force of misfits and monsters tasked with defending humanity and that gives me the freedom to tell a huge range of stories—serious and sadistic, epic and emotional. Read the Q&A I did at Marvel.com for more details!